Nearly every home has a central heating and HVAC system. It is the safest and more efficient way to heat and cool a house. Because it is so efficient, there are many people who think that they don't need to worry about the upkeep of the system, but in reality, just like every system and appliance in your home, it needs to be watched, maintained and cared for. Here are some signs that your HVAC system needs attention.
1. The House Isn't An Even Temperature
One of the first things you should be watching for is how evenly the house is being heated or cooled. It is normal to have a little change from floor to floor; the lower floors will usually be cooler, but there shouldn't be any changes from room to room. If you can feel a difference in temperature, especially if it is a large difference, then you definitely need to get the system serviced and maybe even the ducts cleaned.
2. Your Utility Bill Is Unusually High
No one wants to overspend on their utility bill. When you have good appliances and systems in your house, they should be pretty energy efficient. However, when the furnace or air conditioner is not working properly, it will take more energy to do the same amount of work that it usually does. Keep an eye on your bills from month to month. If there has been a jump in price without an explanation—for example, you will see a jump during the coldest or hottest months of the year—then you need to call for repairs.
3. It Has Been Years Since It Has Been Maintained
Most HVAC companies recommend that you get a annual maintenance of your system. This is because they can catch things early on that you may not be able to see and fix problems before they become a major issue. Too many people think that they will save money by not getting the maintenance and only call when there is a problem. However, in the long-run this is more likely to cost you more money. A yearly maintenance fee will be small comparable to having to replace a major part or having to replace the whole system.
As you can see, there are signs you should be watching for to let you know if you need to maintain your HVAC system. Contact a company like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for additional advice.